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Jan 06, 2014 at 02:02pm IST

NCP pressures Chavan regime, says it's open to review Adarsh report

Mumbai: The Congress is under more pressure by its coalition partner in Maharashtra, the NCP, which has said that it is open to reviewing the decision to reject the Adarsh Housing Society Commission Report.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Mallik said that action could be initiated against those indicted in the report. Four former chief ministers and top bureaucrats of the state have been indicted in the report on the housing society scam.

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"We are open to reviewing the report in the next Cabinet meeting. Action can be initiated against those indicted in the report. We are confident. On the two NCP ministers named in the report, the commission has said that they did not have the eventual power to take the decision," Mallik said.

On Friday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi embarrassed his own party's government in Maharashtra, calling for a rethink on the rejection of the Adarsh Commission Report.

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However, the Maharashtra BJP has called for a special session of the Assembly to debate the issue. "For eight months the report was lying with the government and not once did Milind Deora or Rahul speak about it. Now that their corrupt face is exposed, they are taking such high moral grounds. We are ready for every debate and we would like to urge CM to call for a special assembly session to debate on Adarsh issue," Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Fadnavis said.

The NCP had earlier distanced itself from the state Cabinet's decision saying that it was solely taken by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan as head of the Cabinet. Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had claimed that Chavan rejected the report on instructions from the Congress high command in Delhi.

"The decision to reject the Adarsh commission report was taken by the Chief Minister. The CM is head of the Cabinet," Ajit Pawar said.

The state government had delayed submitting the report in the Assembly until the last day of the winter session, when it suddenly announced it was rejecting the report after the report was tabled by the Chief Minister along with an action taken report (ATR).